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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (208 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dana Stabenow Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN:
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When the Betelgeuse message was detected, it changed a lot of things on Earth. We began to look seriously outward, not with the heady optimism of the early days, but with deliberate calculation. We knew that Someone was out there, and that eventually, they'd be coming. If Earth didn't occupy the High Frontier, it could be ours to lose.

Esther Star Svensdotter's job is overseeing the completion of the American Alliance's first O'Neill cylinder - a massive space hub capable of supporting thousands of colonists. It's just weeks away from commissioning, and she'll be damned if Luddite terrorists, squabbling bureaucrats, military takeovers or rogue AIs will stand in the way. Frontier justice on Ellfive sometimes involves an airlock - you don't want to be on the wrong side of justice. Or the wrong side of Star Svensdotter.

The first in Dana Stabenow's Star Svensdotter trilogy, Second Star is a tale of first contact, declarations of independence, and new frontiers.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Will Phillipson | 2/15/2014

    " free kindle "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jetamors | 2/7/2014

    " I liked the worldbuilding, but the characters mostly came across as unpleasant Mary Sues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 1/31/2014

    " A bit dated but a fun read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deb | 1/30/2014

    " I definitely understand why this first science fiction novel by one of my favorite authors sank without a trace when it was first published. Star Svensdotter is in charge of getting ELLFIVE, an artificial star, ready for the first wave of Terran colonists. Between sabotage by anti-colonist terrorists, political intrigue from rival Terran groups, and a possible invasion from non-Terran life forms, Star has her hands full. I had a hard time keeping the story straight. There was too much technical information also. What I did find interesting was the vision of an alternate Earth history, and the references to some of my favorite books of my youth. In some ways the novel reminded me of the Andre Norton books I loved as a kid. I also liked the Librarian. The fact that the protagonist was female was also appreciated. I don't know if I will read the other Star Svensdotter books or not. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Djrmel | 1/30/2014

    " Stabenow builds a very interesting world where this planet has reached its sell by date and off earth stations are being built for colonization. The resources come from the Moon and asteroid belts, the projects are expected to pay back their start up costs with interest, and no one is expecting Utopia, just a place they can safely call home. Where the book falls very short is that there's way too much telling in the first half - literal telling of characters explaining things to each other that they certainly would have already known, but the reader needs to know to get on with the story. The worst offense of this is a brand new security chief who apparently took the job knowing nothing about living off Terra. Then there's a very obvious bias against military leadership that we're supposed to accept without any proof that the military's ends won't justify its means. And finally, every body lies. Without lies, the story couldn't have happened, couldn't have had its big action scene, and worst of all, couldn't have a happy ending. A brave new world built on lies is not a brave world at all. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Starla B | 1/17/2014

    " I usually love Dana Stabenow, but I just couldn't get into this book. Perhaps it's the space setting. I think I'll go back to reading the Alaska series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 12/31/2013

    " She's not Kate, but dang she's fun! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandra | 12/14/2013

    " Got it as a Kindle freebie. I'm a huge fan of the Kate Shugak and Liam Campbell novels by Dana Stabenow so I gave this a try. I liked it well enough that I plan to read the other two books in the trilogy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Paul | 10/25/2013

    " Is there any good science fiction out there!??!?! This is depressingly bad, I'm ashamed to admit to reading it. Please someone, please recommend to me something good to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Veronica Peters | 10/3/2013

    " I really enjoyed this! I love the Kate Shugak books so thought I'd try something different by my favorite author. So glad I did. It's not perfect, but Stabenow's storytelling ability is clear throughout. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Collene | 3/22/2013

    " I love Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak series so I thought I'd give one of her other series a try. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hannah Cobb | 1/8/2013

    " Much as I love and admire Dana Stabenow's later Kate Shugak series, I have to admit that I found her sci-fi trilogy flat. There's a lot of world building and not so much plot or character development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 8/6/2012

    " Sentient computers; space station..... what is not to like. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancye | 8/2/2012

    " I am a huge Dana Stabenow fan but I do not usually read scifi. This book was interesting. I had a bit of trouble following a few sections that were a bit too deep in science for me, but I liked the story line over all. I'm looking forward to picking up the other two books in this trilogy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian Palmer | 7/30/2012

    " Classic Heinlein-influenced novel. Fun read, and you'll feel inspired to get your hands busy doing something after reading it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Monty | 6/5/2012

    " I love the Kate Shugak mystery series but this book just didn't hit the mark for me. I won't read the rest of this sic fi series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 4/28/2012

    " One of my favorite authors but not my favorite book by Ms. Stabenow. Her first book and it showed. Too many characters and too much space lingo to keep straight. Cool concept though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peggy | 4/3/2012

    " This was her first book. I've read other books by her and enjoyed them but this one was drifting. I kept waiting for something to happen but it never took place. she had lots of starts but it was rambling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 12/22/2011

    " I really enjoyed this story. definate Heinlein influence which is no bad thing in my view. I liked the strong female characters and the way they were allowed to have feelings. I also liked the development of the AI personality which reminded me of The City Who Fought. "

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About the Author
Author Dana Stabenow

Dana Stabenow was born in Anchorage and raised on seventy-five-foot fish tender in the Gulf of Alaska. She knew there was a warmer, drier job out there somewhere and found it in writing. Her first science fiction novel, Second Star, sank without a trace but has since been resurrected as an e-book. Her first crime fiction novel, A Cold Day for Murder, won an Edgar Award, and her first thriller, Blindfold Game, hit the New York Times bestseller list.

About the Narrator

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater veteran, a five-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. Marguerite has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career. With over four hundred titles to her credit, her narration spans nearly every genre, from nonfiction to mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and children’s fiction. AudioFile magazine says, “Marguerite Gavin…has a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion.”